For 24 hours starting on Friday, June 28 at 6pm, music educators, students, and programmers converged at The Alley NYC to work as teams in creating and inventing new music technologies that solve real world problems in music education. Music streaming service provider Spotify joined together with the New York City Department of Education to host the first Music Education Hackday. NYU Steinhardt's involvement was led by newly appointed faculty member S. Alex Ruthmann, Associate Professor of Music Education & Music Technology. He contributed an award comprised of a set of MaKey MaKey kits and a year of professional development workshops to the team that creates the best hack for student engagement and creativity.
All hacks will be judged by a panel of leading entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, music educators, and technologists. Teams will be competing for over $16,000 in prizes, all with the hopes that the ideas generated will lead to solutions that benefit music teachers and students in the NYC schools and beyond.
The Music Education Hackday is especially encouraging music educators and students to attend, along with creative coders, programmers, graphic designers, and any other interested parties. Even those who do not see themselves as coders, programmers, or hackers are welcome to attend, join an ad hoc development team and help create a new application, website, or other service aimed at improving music education through technology. Registration is free. Reserve your spot here.
For additional information or questions, email S. Alex Ruthmann at Alex.Ruthmann@nyu.edu.